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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 14, 2001


Sundin delivers for Maple Leafs

OTTAWA -- Mats Sundin scored at 10:49 of overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 victory against the Senators on Friday night in their playoff opener.

Sundin ripped a long slap shot past goalie Patrick Lalime on a play set up by Steve Thomas.

"It's tough for both teams, especially when you go into overtime," Sundin said. "I thought our effort was as good as it's been all season, but it could easily have gone the other way."

Curtis Joseph made 36 saves for the Maple Leafs, and Lalime stopped 26 shots for the Senators.

"They had two guys going to the net, but I saw it at the last second," said Lalime, who made 26 saves and was steady in his first career playoff game. "It's too bad. I felt pretty good, but the bottom line is that we lost."

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference series is Saturday night in Ottawa, and Game 3 is Monday night in Toronto.

The Senators, a 4-2 series loser to Toronto last year in the first round, misfired on passes and had few good chances on Joseph despite outshooting Toronto 12-4 in the first period. Ottawa was 0-for-6 on the power play.

Red Wings worried

The Red Wings are concerned that injuries to Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman are more serious than originally thought, the Detroit News reported.

Shanahan broke his left foot Wednesday night in a 5-3 Game 1 victory against the Kings. He will miss this series and possibly the rest of the playoffs. The Wings front office said he is out indefinitely.

Yzerman left after the first period of Wednesday's game, having played 5:58. Coach Scotty Bowman said Yzerman will not play this weekend. The team says he has a twisted lower left ankle.

"We have to put players in different roles," Bowman said. "We have a lot of depth on our team. We have to see how those other guys do."

Shanahan broke a bone on the top of the foot, near the laces of the skate, when he slid to block a shot by defenseman Aaron Miller in the third period.

He played the rest of the game, but he said he experienced pain Thursday morning.

"It didn't bother me that much," he said, "but when I woke up this morning I knew there was something wrong with it."

Bowman said Yzerman's condition is not improving.

"He's out for the weekend, we're pretty sure," Bowman said. "He's not any better than when he took himself out of the game.

"There's a lot of pain down there. He can't skate. He's really in pain. That's the worst part."

Asked about a report in the Detroit Free Press that the Red Wings "believe" Yzerman has a broken ankle, Bowman said Yzerman has "a bad sprain." He said Yzerman "looks good" and might fly Tuesday to Los Angeles to play in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

Also, the team recalled 17-year NHL veteran Ken Wregget from the Manitoba Moose of the IHL as goaltending insurance for the playoffs.

TEAM CANADA: The nation added goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Mighty Ducks to its world championship roster.

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